To ask the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that pensioner John Thomson, late No. 3,895, corporal Royal Artillery, although discharged from the Army when a corporal has only received a private's pension; and whether, in view of the present ill health and circumstances of John Thomson, he will take steps to secure for him the increased pension due to a corporal who retires with good character.
( Answered by Mr. Secretary Haldane.) As this man on his discharge in 1882, after twenty-one years service, had not served for three years as a corporal, he was only eligible for the pension of a private, and there is no regulation under which the pension can be increased. He was not pensioned for disability, and he had no war service.